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Princess Royal Chooses Her Durrell Tortoise

HRH Princess Anne has chosen the design for her Durrell tortoise sculpture to celebrate 50 years of patronage to the wildlife charity.

A reception was held at St. James' Palace to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Princess Royal's patronage to Jersey's very own wildlife charity, Durrell.

To mark the milestone, Her Royal Highness is being gifted a tortoise scultpture.

10 designs were presented at the palace, where Princess Anne met the artists, supporters of Durrell and donors.

The design chosen is called "Sanctuary" by Gabriella Street, which is inspired by Her Royal Highness' fashion choices from the past and present.

The artist says she feels very privileged to have this opportunity and is excited to start painting her tortoise.

"It is such an honour to be chosen by The Princess Royal to design a tortoise inspired by her patronage to Durrell."

The sculpture is one of 50 in the Tortoise Takeover art trail across the island next summer.

Once the exhibition finishes, 'Sanctuary' will be returned to Princess Anne.

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